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Papuan students protest at US Consulate in Bali, call for closure of Freeport
Java Post – April 8, 2018
The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) has again spoken out against the PT Freeport Indonesia gold-and-copper mine in West Papua. Yesterday afternoon they went to the US Consulate General in Denpasar where AMP Bali spokesperson Gilo said that Freeport's presence has been a disaster for West Papua.

Civilian shot dead in front of church during military operations in Papua
BBC Indonesia – April 5, 2018
The case of the alleged abduction of 1,300 people in Mimika, West Papua last year is apparently not over yet. This week, as many as three people were shot dead by the TNI (Indonesian military) in an incident that the TNI claims was a shootout with an armed group.

5 activists arrested in Papua for collecting earthquake relief funds
Suara Papua – April 5, 2018
Five activists from the Independent Student Forum (FIM) who were involved in a solidarity action to collect to funds for victims of an earthquake in Papua New Guinea were reportedly arrested by police in Jayapura on Thursday April 5.

Sula Islands regency government bans leftist student group Pembebasan
Tempo – April 4, 2018
The Sula Islands regency government in North Maluku has banned the leftist Student Struggle Centre for National Liberation (Pembebasan) from conducting organisational activities in any form whatsoever within the legal jurisdiction of Sula regency.

44 arrested in West Papua over hoax independence declaration
CNN Indonesia – April 4, 2018
As many as 44 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and several other organisations were arrested on Wednesday April 4 and are now being detained at the Jayapura municipal police headquarters (Mapolres).
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'I Stopped Being Gay': how one man saved himself from Indonesia's homophobia
Gay Star News – April 19, 2018
A man who gave up a lucrative career to seek asylum in Canada, said moving away from Indonesia stopped him 'being gay'. Zulfikar Fahd, 30, worked for years in public relations and his career was going great. But as a gay Indonesian man he felt increasingly oppressed as the country's persecution of the LGBTI community escalated.

Former TNI Chief could be 3rd candidate as Islamic parties may break to form own coalition
Coconuts Jakarta – April 19, 2018
The 2019 presidential election is widely expected to be a rematch of 2014's contest between President Joko Widodo and Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto, as the two rivals are the only ones who have declared their intent to run next year.

A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua
The interpreter – April 19, 2018
Last year's "hostage stand-off" in Indonesian Papua had hardly ended before more armed clashes began. Most violence in Papua is assumed to be an issue of indigenous people threatened by the state. But this assumption is anecdotal.

A new era of political coalitions in Timor-Leste?
The Diplomat – April 19, 2018
The campaign season is now in its second week in Timor-Leste ahead of another general election on May 12. Last July's election led to a weak minority government that failed to pass its mandate, forcing the country's president in February to call for another ballot.

1500 workers depart to Jakarta on May Day
Tempo – April 18, 2018
Karawang Police Chief Adjutant Senior Commissioner Hendy F. Kurniawan, said that around 1,500 workers from Karawang will depart to Jakarta to commemorate World Labor Day on May 1, 2018.

Man murdered for adding another man to a LGBTI WhatsApp group
Gay Star News – April 18, 2018
An Indonesian man has allegedly killed another man for adding him to a LGBTI group on WhatsApp. Police in the east of capital, Jakarta, arrested a man for the murder of a man, Ali, 33. Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said police arrested 21-year-old, Petrus Paulus Ualubun, in West Java on Tuesday morning.

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Indonesia: Press freedom and journalists must be protected
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – April 16, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) notes that press freedom and journalist protection in Indonesia is under serious threat. Despite the fact that the government commits to support press freedom, media and journalists have yet to fully enjoy such rights.

Indonesia: East Java High Court sentenced environmental activist to 10-month imprisonment
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – April 6, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the East Java High Court sentencing of Mr. Heri Budiawan, alias Budi Pego, an environmental activist, to 10-months imprisonment.

Indonesia: Four arrested for same-sex conduct
Human Rights Watch Statement – April 2, 2018
Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code, they face up to 100 lashes in public – a punishment that constitutes torture under international human rights law.

Release environmental activists, close down polluting factory
People's Liberation Party (PPR) Statement – March 25, 2018
The People's Liberation Party (PPR), a political organisation fighting for socialism in 21st century, is calling for the release of environmental activist Muhammad Hisbun Payu and three others who arrested by police on March 4.

Indonesia's parliament bans critical coverage of its members
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Statement – March 20, 2018
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Indonesia's constitutional court to overturn an article in a new law under which anyone, including journalists, could be prosecuted and jailed if they "disrespect" the country's parliamentarians, and which therefore clearly violates press freedom.

Indonesian President Widodo: PM must address West Papua
West Papua Action Auckland Press Release – March 16, 2018
West Papua Action Auckland has urged the Prime Minister to raise human rights and the suffering of the people of Indonesian ruled West Papua when she meets with President Widodo on Monday.

Will PM Turnbull and Julie Bishop raise the human rights situation in West Papua with Jokowi at ASEAN Summit?
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – March 16, 2018
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is taking place in Sydney on the 17-18 March.

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News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The Star Online – April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia at Melbourne – March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech. Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.

Indonesia: Indonesia's minority report
New Mandala – February 14, 2018
Late last month, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its 2017 Democracy Index report. In what was a grim year worldwide for five broad categories of democratic indicators – electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture, and civil liberties – the worst performing country was Indonesia.

Indonesia: Absent Ahok, anti-Chinese sentiment on artists' minds at Indonesia shows that test the bounds of tolerance
South China Morning Post – November 17, 2017
There isn't a single image of jailed former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be seen, but the man commonly referred to by his Hakka Chinese nickname Ahok looms large at one of the biggest events on the Indonesian art calendar.

Indonesia: Why is the Industrial Relations Court failing workers?
Indonesia at Melbourne – November 15, 2017
Every International Labour Day, workers across Indonesia conduct major protests against outsourcing, low wages, and workforce liberalisation policies. This is perhaps to be expected but more surprising are the calls in recent years for the Industrial Relations Court to be closed down.

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Rumors rife Prabowo discussed possibility of being Jokowi's VP, Gerindra denies it
Coconuts Jakarta – April 17, 2018
Despite Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto's declaration at the party's national convention last week that he had accepted Gerindra's nomination to run as their presidential candidate.

PKS casts doubt on Prabowo's presidential bid
Jakarta Post – April 17, 2018
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), a traditional coalition partner of the Gerindra Party, has said that it was unlikely that Gerindra's presidential nominee, Prabowo Subianto, would run for president in 2019.

Swinger group raided by police, leader charged with law usually used against pimps
Coconuts Jakarta – April 17, 2018
The East Java Provincial Police arrested three married couples for alleged swinging in the city of Malang yesterday in yet another case of consensual sex in a private setting being criminalized by authorities in Indonesia due to being deemed morally deviant.

Facebook grilled by Indonesian Parliament over user data breach
Sydney Morning Herald – April 17, 2018
Facebook executives have endured a hostile grilling from Indonesian MPs, as the company faced threats of an audit or a shut down over the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Nobel laureate blasts East Timor's failure against poverty
Associated Press – April 16, 2018
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has waded back into the young country's politics ahead of parliamentary elections next month, calling the government a total failure in the past decade in crucial areas such as reducing child malnutrition and providing clean water.

2 organizers arrested for pornography over dancing girls in bikinis at motorcycle community event
Coconuts Jakarta – April 16, 2018
Police in the town of Jepara, Central Java, arrested two event organizers for a motorcycle community party in which at least three girls in bikinis were dancing amidst a raucous crowd on Kartini Beach, footage of which has gone viral recently.

Landlord and neighborhood chief angry at rape victim for going to police
Coconuts Jakarta – April 16, 2018
Blaming victims of sexual harassment and assault is unfortunately still commonplace in Indonesia, with a recent case in Jakarta highlighting how victims can sometimes be subjected to even more scorn and scrutiny rather than receiving sympathy from the people around them.

Gov't considers raising minimum marriage age as engagement between teens goes viral
Coconuts Jakarta – April 16, 2018
An engagement between a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy in South Sulawesi province has once again sparked discussion about child marriage in Indonesia, prompting the government to consider taking new legal steps to prevent the practice.

West Java voters refuse polygamous gubernatorial candidate, survey shows
Jakarta Post – April 16, 2018
A majority of residents in religiously conservative West Java, home to approximately 47 million people, are unlikely to cast their ballots on candidates practicing polygamy, a new study shows ahead of the gubernatorial election scheduled for June.

Indonesia moving toward a one-horse race
Asia Times – April 15, 2018
With opposition leader Prabowo Subianto declaring his candidacy in a horseback appearance before the uniformed ranks of his Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Indonesia's 2019 presidential race is shaping up into a rerun of 2014's hotly contested campaign.

Deadly black-market booze is killing Indonesians who are being left vomiting, staggering and partially blind
ABC Radio Australia – April 15, 2018
On a clear Jakarta morning near the city's airport, a group of VIPs stand solemnly in front of thousands of bottles of beer and spirits laid out on the roadway in front of south Tangerang police station. The officials each slip on a pair of blue latex gloves, grab a bottle of beer... and go to work.

On the streets with the desperate refugees who dream of being detained
The Guardian – April 15, 2018
It has been 58 days. That's how long Farid Attaie has been sleeping on the footpath outside an immigration detention centre in Kalideres, West Jakarta, with his parents, five siblings, and another Hazara family of three.

Ignoring the roots of the Thai political crisis will not bring about democracy
Ugly Truth Thailand – April 15, 2018
Today there are people who say we need to move forward and away from the past divisions between yellows and reds, as though the long lasting Thai crisis of democracy was just about people who wore different coloured shirts or merely a dispute between a few political personalities.

Indonesia's ancient beliefs win in court, but devotees still feel ostracized
New York Times – April 14, 2018
Growing up on the Indonesian island of Java in the 1970s, Dewi Kanti practiced an ancient form of indigenous traditional beliefs whose origins predate the arrivals of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam here by centuries.

The toxic waste that enters Indonesia's Citarum River, one of the world's most polluted
Channel News Asia – April 14, 2018
It's been called the world's most polluted river by the World Bank. Murky, dense and dirty-brown – the water that runs through Citarum River in Indonesia's West Java is toxic. Yet, the river supports around 28 million people who rely on it for daily activities such as cooking, bathing and laundry.

East Timor's LGBTI community keeps getting stronger together
Gay Star News – April 13, 2018
One of the world's youngest nations is powering ahead on LGBTI rights and has come up with a clever way to promote inclusion. Last year, East Timor's first Pride March made headlines around the world, not only for its color and celebration, but because it was a remarkable achievement.

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